Rays vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Sunday, April 9, 2023

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Rays vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Sunday, April 9, 2023

MLB Predictions

Entering Sunday’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays (8-0), the Oakland Athletics (2-6) are on a three-game losing streak. The contest starts at 1:10 PM ET on BSSUN with the Rays listed as -303 favorites, while the are +244 underdogs who may be heading for a fourth straight defeat.

Tampa Bay’s Drew Rasmussen gets the start, and he’ll go against Oakland’s James Kaprielian.

Rays vs. Athletics Odds

  • Rays odds to win: -303
  • Athletics odds to win: +244
  • Spread: Rays -1.5
  • Total: 8 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Sunday, April 9, 2023
  • Time: 1:10 PM ET

Who Will Win Rays vs. Athletics?

Rays and Athletics Betting Trends

The Rays have won all eight of the games they have been listed as the moneyline favorite this season.

Tampa Bay has played as moneyline favorites of -303 or shorter in just one game this season, which it won.

This season, the Athletics have won two out of the eight games in which they’ve been the underdog.

Oakland has not entered a game this season as a bigger underdog on the moneyline than the +244 odds on it winning this game.

In the eight games in which bookmakers have set an over/under for the Rays, they have combined with opponents to go over the total five times (5-2-1).

The Athletics and their opponents have hit the over in five of their eight games with a total this season.

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Rays Stats & Insights

The Rays score the most runs in baseball (64 total, eight per game).

The Tampa Bay Rays have hit an MLB-leading 21 home runs, averaging 2.6 per game.

The Rays have the fourth-best batting average in the league (.282).

Tampa Bay strikes out the least in baseball, averaging 6.4 per game.

The pitching staff for the Rays has a collective 8.7 K/9, which ranks 14th in MLB.

Tampa Bay’s 2.12 team ERA ranks first among all MLB pitching staffs.

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Athletics Stats & Insights

The Athletics have scored 27 runs (just 3.4 per game) this season, which ranks 26th in MLB.

Oakland has hit eight homers this season, which ranks 21st in the majors.

The Athletics rank 28th in MLB with a team batting average of just .209.

Oakland ranks 14th with an average of 8.9 strikeouts per game.

The Athletics average just 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings as a pitching staff, which ranks 29th in the league.

Oakland has pitched to a 7.00 ERA this season, which ranks 28th in baseball.

Rays Key Players to Watch

The Rays will look to Rasmussen (1-0) in his second start this season.

Wander Franco is batting .364 this season with a team-high three home runs.

Randy Arozarena leads Tampa Bay in batting average (.367) and runs batted in (10) this season.

Yandy Diaz has collected six base hits, an OBP of .344 and a slugging percentage of .481 this season.

Isaac Paredes is batting .320 with an OBP of .370 and a slugging percentage of .560 this season.

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Athletics Key Players to Watch

Kaprielian will take to the mound for the Athletics, his second start of the season.

Tony Kemp is hitting .222 with a double and five walks.

Esteury Ruiz has three doubles and three walks while batting .231.

Ramon Laureano has a team-high two home runs.

Ryan Noda’s two home runs lead his team.

Rays and Athletics Injuries

Rays: Jose Siri: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Tyler Glasnow: 15 Day IL (Oblique), Shane Baz: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Shawn Armstrong: 15 Day IL (Neck), Andrew Kittredge: 60 Day IL (Elbow)

Athletics: Manny Piña: 10 Day IL (Wrist), Drew Rucinski: 15 Day IL (Undisclosed), Freddy Tarnok: 15 Day IL (Undisclosed), Paul Blackburn: 15 Day IL (Finger), Kirby Snead: 60 Day IL (Shoulder)

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Rays vs. Athletics Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Rays 6, Athletics 2
  • Total Prediction: Under 8 runs
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